Senior Xbox Executive Leaving The Company

Mike Ybarra is moving on to greener pastures.

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Xbox's vice president, Mike Ybarra, is leaving the company after 20 years.

Ybarra tweeted the news, saying it is time for him to move on. "It's been a great ride at Xbox and the future is bright," Ybarra said. He has yet to clarify what his next venture is, but Ybarra confirmed that details will be revealed in the near future.

Xbox boss Phill Spencer replied to Ybarra's tweet, thanking him for his work and wishing him the best in his next stage. "[You] have consistently driven to keep games at the center of everything we do," Spencer said of Ybarra.

Ybarra had a short stint as a software development engineer at HP prior to joining Microsoft as a systems engineer in June 2000. He worked his way through the ranks before becoming Xbox's partner studio manager between June 2011 and July 2014. Ybarra entered the corporate side soon after, taking on the role of vice president of program management of Xbox for a couple of years before landing in the vice president role in January 2017.

Similar to Microsoft, both Nintendo and Sony have experienced shakeups at the executive level. Earlier this month, Shawn Layden confirmed he is leaving Sony. SIE Japan Asia's president, Atsushi Morita, announced his departure immediately following Layden's. Both positions have yet to be filled, but Kazuhiko Takeda will reportedly serve as the new corporate director of Sony's Japanese branch. Nintendo's president and COO, Reggie Fils-Aime, announced he was retiring before E3 2019, though he was swiftly replaced by Doug Bowser. It remains unclear who will take over Ybarra's role at Xbox.

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Mike has always been a great gamer first person since being thrust into the public spotlight. I’ve always enjoyed how honest he’s been with the Xbox community team.

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As an Xbox fangirl, I never heard of this guy.

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Well I guess everyone who old or been company for so long like Ninendo, Sony And MS are moving on because to get repairs future I guess

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Google Stadia got everybody shook lol

i kid

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Theory:

Sega is hiring all the ex-Sony and ex-MS staff...Dreamcast 2 confirmed!

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" a Bright future "

ya behind Sony.

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@Terminator95: Sony has been laying off developers recently. That doesn't sound like a bright future for the company. I guess their revenue this quarter did not meet expectations so they are retrenching.

In fact Microsoft answered the tweets of those fired employees yesterday by offering them a job in Seattle.

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Sad to see him go. A great member to the Xbox team and for the community.

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*another one bites the dust gif*

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No! I seriously thought Mike Ybarra was the Best Executive at Microsoft. He Was truly the only Executive that literally played games all night and be on Podcast with Xbox fans and hear us out.

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What is going on?!

Everybody is leaving? Just a few days ago we all got news about a few high up Sony executives heading off into the sunset, then literally a few moments ago a whole bunch of layoffs hit Sony, now this.

What’s next? Cerny and Spencer resigning, lol?

-DAY’S NOT EVEN DONE YET NINJA APPROVED-

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@videogameninja: Spencer resigning? YOU HOLD YOUR TONGUE NINJA MAN. Don't even put that idea into the universe. lol

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@videogameninja: meh its just a cycle.

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@videogameninja: They are all going to join forces and work on a new console: The Playbox.

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@Arkhalipso:

OMG!!!! LMAO!!!

Playbox, that’s amazing. I’m totally using that from now on, lol.

More importantly, someone needs to make that just so a console can have that name.

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